The Cleveland Browns are getting some lucky breaks ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cleveland Browns are getting some good news ahead of their matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday. Firstly and most notably, Myles Garrett is cleared to go. The Pro Bowl defensive end will be back after missing last week due to his car accident. While Garrett is still being buried by fans for his reckless driving ways on social media, the hope is that his body has recovered enough to allow him to return to form against the Chargers.
The Browns barely have a pass rush to respect with him, and without him it’s nonexistent. The Browns need Garrett’s pass-rush ability if they hope to get any pressure on Justin Herbert. Another issue on the defensive line may be addressed as well.
Garrett is a below-average force against the run, which is still somehow better than every other defensive lineman they have, save for one; Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney has been out for a few weeks due to an injury but he’s returned to practice this week and is listed as a game-time decision. If Clowney returns, the hope is that he’ll be able to bolster the team’s run defense some, which would be a significant improvement over the run defense they currently have; which is none.
The Browns also brought back tight end Pharrow Brown to the main roster, who should be able to help seal the edges on running plays better than David Njoku or Harrison Bryant can. Brown was a starter with the Texans just a few days ago, but he was never an impactful receiver and Houston opted to let him go. He won’t break any defenses with his hands or feet but he’s a great blocker and that should help things some on the offense.
The Cleveland Browns don’t have to deal with two major Los Angeles Chargers players
Heading into this week, the Browns are counting their lucky stars that Joey Bosa remains out due to a groin injury he suffered against the Jaguars two weeks back. He’ll miss roughly two months of action, meaning he won’t be back until December at the earliest. That is a huge blow to the Chargers as a defense but a huge boon for the Browns as an offense.
The Browns’ defense also got good news as well. The team’s all-around best receiver, Keenan Allen, remains out and will miss the game against the Browns on Sunday. The star receiver got hurt in Week 1 and hasn’t played since, making his absence a huge blow the Chargers will have to deal with on Sunday.